The American Waterways Operators (AWO) has released a set of environmental stewardship best practices for the tugboat, towboat, and barge industry. The best practices are intended to inform, support and guide vessel operators' continuous improvement in the areas of water quality, energy efficiency, air quality, waste management and corporate responsibility.
"Barge transportation is the safest, most environmentally sustainable mode of freight transportation," said Jennifer Carpenter, AWO President & CEO. "These best practices reflect AWO members' commitment to continuous improvement as we seek to build on our industry's natural advantages in fuel efficiency and greenhouse gas emissions and become ever better stewards of the natural resources on which our nation and our industry depend."
The environmental stewardship best practices are intended to support the diversity of the tugboat, towboat and barge industry by providing a menu of options from which operators can choose based on their unique operational needs.
The best practices will support companies in preventing spills and discharges, reducing energy consumption, reducing air emissions, properly managing waste, and embracing corporate responsibility, with the goal of attainable, impactful improvements to environmental performance.